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WITH the festive season fast approach-
ing, many of us find ourselves thinking
of how the rest of the world celebrates
Many of us may even dream of a white Christ-
mas in Europe.
After such an overwhelming response to the
inaugural Christmas Markets tour that departed in
December 2015, Leongatha Travel and Cruise is
pleased to announce the release of our exclusive
itinerary for the Enchanting Christmas Markets of
Central Europe departing Leongatha on December
1, 2017, and arriving into Vienna on December 2.
“We were so overwhelmed by the positive re-
sponse from not only the passengers on last year’s
tour, but also from members of the community
coming in and asking if we might run the tour
again,” Jill Carmody from Leongatha Travel and
“We have added some additional experiences
to the 2017 departure to ensure we are giving our
clients the best possible holiday and to create the
right balance of touring, free time and visits to the
“We are very excited by these new additions as
we feel they really round out the itinerary.”
The first of these new additions is a visit to the
town of Cesky Krumlov, as you travel from Vi-
enna to Prague. This beautiful village is set along
the river and will provide guests with their first
glimpse of life in the Czech Republic.
There are now also two additional day trips
included in the now 15 night 16 day itinerary,
one to historic Rothenberg in Germany and one
Rothenberg will give guests the chance to ex-
plore the historic old town, as well as the original
Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store.
While in Salzburg guests will wander the old
city and have free time to explore their famous
Jill shared some of her highlights and favourite
memories from the 2015 trip.
“Vienna was wonderful. It is where we expe-
rienced our first traditional European Christmas
Market and from day one it was clear that this
would be a very special tour,” she said.
Another great memory Jill remembers fondly
is the highlight dinner in Prague, where guests
enjoy a tour of the beautiful interior of the Art
Nouveau Municipal Building before dining in the
“Dresden was one of my favourite stops on
the trip. It’s a beautiful city and their Christmas
Markets are in a great setting with fabulous hand-
made ornaments,” Jill said.
MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent is
urging locals travelling overseas to ex-
ercise greater caution and to take out ap-
propriate travel insurance.
The plea comes amid a rise in the number of
Australian travellers seeking consular assistance.
“Safety should remain the number one prior-
ity for Australians travelling overseas. There are
loved ones and friends depending on your safe
return,” Mr Broadbent said.
“Unfortunately, more and more Australians
are seeking consular assistance overseas after
landing themselves in hot water.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade’s (DFAT) Consular State of Play report for
2015-16 shows increasing numbers of Australian
tourists are being arrested, jailed, assaulted, hos-
pitalised and robbed overseas.”
Mr Broadbent said the number of people ar-
rested while overseas had soared 23 per cent from
1256 in 2014-15 to 1551 in 2015-16, while the
number of Australians imprisoned while travel-
ling went up almost five per cent in the same pe-
riod to 391 people.
“There is little doubt that some Australian
travellers are not taking into consideration the
laws and customs of the countries in which they
are travelling,” he said.
Mr Broadbent said many travellers were also
venturing overseas without adequate insurance,
putting themselves and their families at physical
and financial risk.
“According to a recent insurance survey, eight
per cent of Australians travelled overseas with-
out travel insurance in 2015-16, making almost
850,000 uninsured trips,” he said.
“While people need to look after themselves
overseas and be aware of the customs and accept-
able behaviours of the countries in which they are
travelling, they must also make sure they are fully
insured for any situations.
“Organising travel insurance is an essential
part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you
are uninsured, you or your family are personally
liable for covering any medical or other costs re-
sulting from unexpected incidents or accidents.”
Mr Broadbent said there were a number of
services available to Australians travelling over-
seas through the Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade’s Smartraveller website.
“The site has useful advice on various coun-
tries’ local laws, entry and exit requirements and
health issues, and an indicative rating of the secu-
rity situation in particular countries,” he said.
Magical location: the stunning Christmas
lights in Vienna, Austria.
Be mesmerised: Christmas ‘goodies’ galore at one of the markets included in the Christmas
Markets tour offered by Leongatha Travel and Cruise.
Memorable experience: the entrance to the popular Vienna Christmas market in Austria.
Experience the magic
of Christmas in Europe
The incredible itinerary for the 2017 departure
is exclusive to Leongatha Travel and Cruise who
have pieced this itinerary together with Trafalgar
Tours, 2016 NTIA winner of Best International
“As a champion agency for Trafalgar Tours, I
have been working with them closely over the last
24 years,” Jill said.
“They are a very popular travel option for our
clients as they create such an effortless, value for
Trafalgar Tours is celebrating 70 years as a
guided travel operator in 2017 and Leongatha
Travel and Cruise are very excited to be joining in
the celebrations with this unique tour.
This 15 night tour will begin in Vienna on
December 2 and includes 16 buffet breakfasts,
16 dinners, including a welcome dinner, farewell
dinner and four highlight dinners, all sightseeing
and the services of a professional Trafalgar travel
director and coach driver.
One of the reasons this tour is so popular, Jill
explained, is the ease of travel “as the group is
escorted from Leongatha guests get into holiday
mode straight away as all of the details have been
taken care of by our team”.
Come in and see the team at Leongatha Travel
and Cruise today to express your interest in join-
ing the once in a lifetime trip to the Enchanting
Christmas Markets of Central Europe!
MP urges travel caution
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